Gas station worker safety

Bill 19 has been passed to improve safety for retail fuel and convenience store workers.

Status: Bill 19 passed Nov 2, 2017
Ministry responsible: Labour

Overview

In recent years, “gas and dash”, robberies and other violent incidents at retail fuel outlets and convenience stores have resulted in worker deaths and serious injuries.

Bill 19: An Act to Protect Gas and Convenience Store Workers  has been passed to improve worker safety.

The act amends the Occupational Health and Safety Code to make the following initiatives mandatory in Alberta’s fuel and convenience stores:

  • pre-payment for fuel
  • violence prevention plans

Pre-pay fuel

Pre-paying for fuel may include:

  • paying at the pump
  • paying the attendant before fueling
  • leaving cash or credit card with the attendant before fueling
  • having an account at the fuel outlet

Violence prevention plans

Violence prevention plan elements include:

  • cash handling procedures and minimal cash on premises
  • time-lock safes that cannot be opened between 11 pm and 5 am
  • limited quantities of certain items available between 11 pm and 5 am
  • good visibility inside and outside premises
  • video monitoring
  • signage to inform of time-lock safes, limited quantities and video monitoring
  • personal emergency transmitters for workers working alone
  • mandatory training for workers in all violence plan aspects

Timeline

The new measures take effect on June 1, 2018.

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